ACS E News Bulletin - Happy Easter!

In This Issue:

- 2012 ACS National Awards for Cinematography
- Sponsor Spotlight: ARRI Australia
- Congratulations Stefan Sedlmeier and Family
- Life in Movement - In Cinemas from April 12

2012 ACS National Awards for Cinematography

Judging has been completed for the 2012 ACS National Awards for Cinematography, to be hosted by the legend himself, Ray Martin, with a very special guest from Canberra making an appearance.

The 2012 presentation, hosted this year by the New South Wales branch will be on Saturday, May 5 at the Manly Pacific Novotel Hotel, Manly and is guaranteed to be pretty special. Not only will we have a surprise guest from Canberra, as previously mentioned, but also a Guest of Honour and entertainment from our very own Pieter de Vries and his All Stars.

The announcement of all the Golden Tripod winners, along with the Special Contribution Awards, the International Award for cinematography and culminating with the MILLI Award winner is always something very, very special. Something not to be missed!

There will also be some fantastic door prizes courtesy of our ACS National Sponsors, including a Panasonic large screen Plasma television, and a chance to win Limited Edition Book number 1 of The Shadowcatchers: A History of Australian Cinematography.

But wait, there's more... There is an early booking prize draw of a copy of the Standard Edition of The Shadowcatchers to one lucky person who books and pays by April 28. A reminder that If you wish to be seated with, or near someone, fill in the window on the ticket booking form. How easy is that!

Sponsors, members, friends and colleagues, please support the Society and our fellow ACS cinematographers by booking your tickets without delay. Simply click on the link below.

Click here to book your tickets for the 2012 ACS National Awards »

See you all there!

Ron Johanson ACS
National President

Sponsor Spotlight: ARRI Australia


This year's NAB sees ARRI focusing on its new ALEXA Studio and M cameras and Master Prime 135 lens, amongst many other new products.

The ALEXA Studio features a quiet, adjustable mirror shutter and an optical viewfinder that provides a real-time, high contrast image with true colours. The Studio is a direct response to cinematographers' requests for a camera that combines the latest in digital image making with traditional elements of the film cameras they have known and trusted for generations.

Another key feature of the ALEXA Studio is its 4:3 sensor, which makes it the only digital camera (aside from the ARRIFLEX D-21) to boast true anamorphic capability. Anamorphic lenses create a unique, cinematic look that has been appreciated by directors and cinematographers for over half a century, and cannot be created in post.

ARRI's ALEXA M camera is a new, flexible solution consisting of a separate camera head and body. The ALEXA M is tailored for action photography, tight corner shots and 3D productions. Based on cutting edge ARRI technologies, the M model features the same exceptional image quality that has made ALEXA the most powerful digital production system ever built. The M head is optimised for small size and low weight, offering the greatest flexibility when used on lightweight 3D setups.

The Master Prime 135 is being heralded as the perfect portrait lens with its focal length, high image quality, shallow depth of field and the ability to get close to the subject all combining to give excellent images. A focal length of 135mm is sufficiently telephoto to separate the subject from its surroundings, but not so telephoto that the perspective becomes flat, allowing faces to maintain a pleasing three dimensionality.

Like all other Master Primes, the 135mm shows a high resolution, high contrast image with very low flares and veiling glare: a clean starting point from which the cinematographer can shape and sculpt the image to his or her content, be that through lighting, filters or digital manipulations during colour corrections.

For more information contact Stefan Sedlmeier at ARRI Australia on 02 9855 4300 or email

Click here to visit the ARRI website »

Congratulations Stefan Sedlmeier and Family

The ACS congratulates ARRI Australia General Manager Stefan Sedlmeier and his family on becoming Australian citizens on March 29. We welcome you with open arms and best wishes from us all.

Pictured from left to right are Tobias Sedlmeier, Barbara Sedlmeier, Jennifer Anderson (Mayor of Ku-ring-gai), Markus Sedlmeier, Stefan Sedlmeier

Life in Movement - In Cinemas from April 12

Life in Movement, a documentary about the life of dancer and choreographer Tanja Liedtke, opens in cinemas across Australia next Thursday, April 12.

Shot and co-directed by SA member Bryan Mason, the film tells the story of Tanja Liedtke, who in 2007 was appointed as the Sydney Dance Company's first new artistic director in 30 years. However before she could take up the position, she was struck and killed by a truck in the middle of the night. The film not only looks at Tanja's artistic process, but explores how to move creatively through life and loss.

After winning multiple awards at Festivals, including the Foxtel Australian Documentary Prize at Sydney Film Festival in 2011, and the Dioraphte Jury Prize and Audience Award at Cinedans 2011, Life in Movement will now play in Australian cinemas for a limited time.

Bryan has generously offered a prize of an in-season double pass to Life in Movement, which will go to the first ACS member to email with "ACS Life In Movement" in the subject line and their name and postal address in the body of the email.

Click here to enter the competition to win a double pass to Life in Movement »
Click here to view the Life in Movement trailer »
Click here to view the list of cinemas screening Life in Movement across Australia »

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